All Church of England dioceses, as well as the Methodist Church, use the Church of England Education Office’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
The most recent SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came into operation in September 2018.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of collective worship
- The effectiveness of religious education
Thinking Governance and Thinking Governance Express embed aspects of the SIAMS Evaluation Framework’s strands within the card set in Module 1. In that way, the key aspects of the Evaluation Framework are present in both Thinking Governance programmes right from the outset, and they remain in the programmes, to the extent that governors wish them to.